Posted on
October 11, 2022

Top 10 Accelerators Worldwide

Maximilian Fleitmann
CEO of BaseTemplates

The Accelerator program is designed to help companies strengthen their business models and market strategies, develop new technologies and products, identify target customers and partners. What makes our program unique is the opportunity for our participants to engage directly with leaders from large corporations, our extensive network of mentors, advisors and investors. The Accelerator program also includes a robust suite of investor outreach support through which entrepreneurs may seek financial funding from one or more of our investor partners.

Top 10 Accelerators Worldwide

1. Y Combinator

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Y Combinator is a startup accelerator that invests in a large number of startups twice a year. It created a new model for funding early-stage startups. Twice a year, the company invests a small amount of money ($150k) in a large number of startups. The startup accelerator works intensively with the companies for three months, to get them into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience.

Website: www.ycombinator.com

Founded: 2005

Top Industries active in: Software, Information Technology and FinTech.

Number of Investments: 4547

Exits: 451

Y Combinator's most notable exits include Twitch, Coinbase, and Presto.

2. Techstars

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Techstars is a global platform that provides investment and innovation. Through the Techstars Worldwide Entrepreneur Network, founders and their teams connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners who will help their companies grow. Techstars operates four divisions: Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Program supercharges success and Techstars Startup Programs inspire, educate, and connect entrepreneurs. Techstars Venture Capital Fund invests in innovative and disruptive companies. Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships help brands create products and services. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,000 companies with a market cap of $8.1 billion.

Website: www.techstars.com

Founded: 2006

Top Industries active in: Software, Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology.

Number of Investments: 3,594

Exits: 378

Techstars's most notable exits include Uber, Twilio, and Remitly.

3. MassChallenge

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MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge is obsessed with helping the most-promising startups across industries and regions around the world. In addition to providing expert mentorship, tailored curriculum, and unrivaled access to corporate partners, MassChallenge awards top startups with portions of several million dollars in cash prizes.

With accelerators in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the UK, MassChallenge strengthens innovation-driven economic development around the world. MassChallenge also runs Bridge to MassChallenge programs in Australia, Columbia, France, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Russia, and Spain to drive the creation of high-quality jobs. In 2016, MassChallenge launched PULSE@MassChallenge to accelerate the impact of digital health innovation and improve patient care through technology.

To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $2 billion in funding, generated approximately $900 million in revenue, and created over 65,000 total jobs.

Website: www.masschallenge.org

Founded: 2009

Top Industries active in: Health Care, Software and Information Technology.

Number of Investments: 3,040

Exits: 174

MassChallenge's most notable exits include Versantis, Vence, and Rosie.

4. 500 Startups

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500 Startups is a global venture capital firm with a network of startup programs headquartered in Silicon Valley with over $454M in committed capital across 4 main funds and 15 thematic funds. They have invested in 2,200+ technology startups globally since its inception in 2010 including Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), Credit Karma, SendGrid, Grab, GitLab, Bukalapak, Canva, Udemy, TalkDesk, Intercom, Ipsy, MakerBot (acquired by SSYS), Wildfire (acquired by GOOG), and Viki (acquired by Rakuten).

500 Startups support startups via their Seed Accelerator Programs which emphasize digital marketing, customer acquisition, lean startup practices, and fundraising for pre-Seed companies. It contributes to the development of innovation ecosystems by supporting startups and investors through educational programs, events, conferences, and partnerships with corporations and governments around the world.

The team of 150 people based in 20 countries manage venture investments across 74 countries and speak over 25 languages. In addition to investments, they are passionate about helping build viable startup ecosystems around the world and run educational programs, events and conferences, and partnerships globally. Their investment team and mentor network has operational experience at companies such as PayPal, Google, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Apple.

Website: www.500.co

Founded: 2010

Top Industries active in: Software, E-Commerce and Internet

Number of Investments: 2,819

Exits: 345

500 Startups's most notable exits include Animoca Brands, Twilio, and Recurly.

5. SOSV

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SOSV is a global venture capital firm that operates early stage startup development programs which are focused on two broad areas: revolutionary technology that promises the betterment of humanity and the planet; and cross-border markets that are ripe for explosive growth.

The firm invests in a number of highly promising startups and uses its programs to advance product development, acquire customers, and scale. SOSV companies consistently achieve funding led by top tier investors. SOSV joins seed, series A, and later rounds.

As of January 2022, SOSV had more than 1,000 portfolio companies and $1.2 billion in assets under management, reflecting a 40% increase over 2020. Among the top companies in SOSV’s portfolio are NotCo, Perfect Day, Upside Foods, Yeelight, Opentrons, Shopal, Snapask, BitMEX, and API3.

SOSV’s programs include hard tech-oriented HAX and life-science driven IndieBio. Both offer deep technical and regulatory expertise on-site as well as well-equipped lab and fabrication facilities. At Chin accelerator and MOX, market-entry and product development experts help entrepreneurs win cross-border market opportunities across Asia. SOSV’s latest program, dlab, fosters new players in blockchain.

Website: https://sosv.com/

Founded: 1994

Top Industries active in: Biotechnology, Health Care and Software.

Number of Investments: 2,389

Exits: 59

SOSV's most notable exits include Roadie, Leap Motion, and Motiv.

6. Village Capital

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Village Capital uses the power of peer support to change the traditional dynamics between investors and entrepreneurs, providing access to entrepreneurship for everyone. We recruit entrepreneurs solving specific problems in agriculture, energy, education, financial inclusion, and health. We then put the power of investment in the hands of the entrepreneurs, who award pre-committed seed funding to the two ventures ranked highest by the entrepreneurs at the end of every program. Our programs connect high potential, early-stage entrepreneurs with the people, institutions, and capital they need to succeed.

We support early-stage ventures with a 501c3 nonprofit that operates training programs for founders, investors, and communities. We also manage a for-profit, managed investment fund that provides early-stage capital to top graduates of each program, as selected by their peers. Our unique peer-selection model received McKinsey/Harvard Business Review’s prestigious M-Prize for innovation in 2013, and we have supported more than 550 enterprises across 51 programs in 9 countries.

Since 2009, Village Capital has supported more than 1,000 entrepreneurs through our programs and partnered with affiliated investment funds, including VilCap Investments, that have invested seed capital in more than 90 program graduates. Over the past 8 years, our program graduates have gone on to generate $61.5M in revenue, reach 8.5 million customers, and create over 11,500 jobs. 96% of our alumni would recommend our program to other entrepreneurs, and to date and 91% of our entrepreneurs are still in business.

Website: www.vilcap.com

Founded: 2009

Top Industries active in: Financial Services, FinTech and Software.

Number of Investments: 300

Exits: 16

Village Capital's most notable exits include Global Data Consortium, Pear Deck, and enguru.

7. Plug and Play

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Plug and Play is a seed and early-stage investor focused on great teams leading emerging growth companies. Plug and Play runs 12 industry-specific accelerator programs twice a year, that acts as a platform for major corporations and high quality startups to connect and collaborate.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Plug and Play participates in Seed, Angel and Series A funding where they often co-invest with their strategic partners. Through years of experience and as part of their network, Plug and Play has put together a world-class network of serial entrepreneurs, strategic investors, and industry leaders who actively assist the firm with its successful and growing investment portfolio.

SEED ROUND. Plug and Play participates in seed round investing through a program called Startup Camp. Startup Camp is a 10-week program based in Silicon Valley for top-notch entrepreneurs to work intensively on building out their business model. Select startups will refine their business models and prototypes with help from a combination of structured workshops, speaker series and mentorship sessions, as well as active coaching from their investment team. At the culmination of Startup Camp, founders will have crystalized their business plans and pitched their company to the venture capital community at EXPO Demo Day.

ANGEL ROUND Plug and Play makes angel round investments throughout the year, sourced from their monthly Plug and Play Angels (PAPA) sessions. They are partnered with local angel investors in Silicon Valley who participate in PAPA to find the most promising startups and best new technologies.

SERIES A. Series A typical Series A round is in the range of $2 million to $10 million, and is intended to provide operating capital for the company for six months to two years. This round capitalizes the company as it develops its products, performs initial marketing and branding, acquires talent, and conducts other early-stage business operations. It is in this stage that Plug and Play will co-invest with over 180 venture capital partners.

Plug and Play has helped grow market leaders such as PayPal, Danger, Google, DropBox, LendingClub, Zoosk, SoundHound, CreditSesame, Skytree, and has over 400 more early-stage startups in its portfolio.

Website: www.plugandplaytechcenter.com

Founded: 2006

Top Industries active in: Software, Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology.

Number of Investments: 1,461

Exits: 148

Plug and Play's most notable exits include Life360, zecOps, and FiscalNote.

8. Startupbootcamp

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Startupbootcamp is a global network of industry-focused startup accelerators that provides investment and mentorship services.

Startupbootcamp facilitates this mentorship-driven model by providing startups with essential tools during a 3-month accelerator program. The company provides €15,000 towards living expenses for the team during the program, 6 months co-working space, over €450,000 in sponsored services and the platform to pitch to over 400 investors at Investor Demo Day.

Startupbootcamp was founded in 2010 and operates in cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Miami, New York, Cape Town, Dubai, Istanbul, London, Chengdu, Rome and Mumbai

Website: www.startupbootcamp.org

Founded: 2010

Top Industries active in: Software, Financial Services and Information Technology

Number of Investments: 541

Exits: 37

Startupbootcamp's most notable exits include Relayr, Sunrise, and DolphinChat.

9. Forum Ventures

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Forum Ventures is the leading early-stage fund, program and community for B2B SaaS startups. Founded in 2014 as Acceleprise, we’re on a mission to make the B2B SaaS journey easier, more accessible and successful for early-stage founders, through pre-seed and seed-stage funding, high touch programming, corporate perks and introductions, and an active SaaS community.

Forum For Founders, our pre-seed program, provides founders with $100k in funding and 15 intense weeks of talks, events, mentorship and 1:1 guidance focused on go to market and fundraising. Forum Seed, our seed fund, backs exceptional SaaS startups at the seed-stage both from within and outside of our pre-seed program.

With over 250 portfolio companies, Forum founders have gone on to raise from NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Uncork Capital, 8VC, Founders Fund, Menlo Ventures, Canaan, Bowery Capital, Susa Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, SV Angel, True Ventures and many more.

Website: www.forumvc.com

Founded: 2012

Top Industries active in: Software, SaaS and Information Technology.

Number of Investments: 324

Exits: 26

Forum Ventures's most notable exits include Nova AI, Bbot, and Indio Technologies.

10. Entrepreneur First

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Entrepreneur First is the place where the ambitious come together to build globally important technology companies. Through our platform running in 6 cities across 3 continents, we invest in high-potential individuals to help them meet their co-founder, develop their ideas and secure funding from leading investors in the shortest possible time. We have built over 300 companies from scratch; have over 5000 alumni worldwide; and our portfolio is valued at over $5bn.

EF companies include Tractable (Computer Vision, currently valued at $1bn as of June 2021), Magic Pony Technology (AI, acquired by Twitter for a reported $150m), Represent (social commerce, acquired by CustomInk), BloomsburyAI (acquired by Facebook), Cleo (fintech), OpenCosmos (space), CloudNC (manufacturing), Transcelestial (satellite communications) and many more.

We're backed by some of the world's best tech founders and investors, including Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Greylock Partners, Founders Fund, Demis Hassabis (Google Deepmind) and Taavet Hinrikus (Wise). For more information about Entrepreneur First, visit www.joinef.com.

Website: www.joinef.com

Founded: 2011

Top Industries active in: Artificial Intelligence, Software and Machine Learning.

Number of Investments: 363

Exits: 23

Entrepreneur First's most notable exits include Credit Kudos, Passfort, and Adbrain.

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